What does Columbus Day mean to you? Is it just another holiday? A chance to sleep in? A day of leisure? A day to get things done? Rather, it is a discovery. Christopher Columbus discovered America yet his life is an example of the great discovery awaiting each individual.
Every ship that comes to America got its chart from Columbus. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly. ~ Robert F. Kennedy
“Many great ideas have been lost because the people who had them could not stand being laughed at.” ~ Author Unknown
Mistakes are the portals of discovery. ~ James Joyce
“He gave the world another world.” ~ George Santayana
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new landscapes, but in having new eyes.
~ Marcel Proust
“Columbus . . . believed that the Holy Spirit had spoken to him, saying that his name would be proclaimed throughout the world. He does not specify when or where this happened, only that it was “in my youth.” In his mind, he connected it to his success in discovering the New World. (West and Kling, Libro de las Profecias, 53-54)
“This conviction that God destined him to be an instrument for spreading the faith was far more potent than the desire to win glory, wealth and worldly honors. ~ Samuel Eliot Morison
The Lord knows the days of the upright and their inheritance shall be forever. Psalm 37:38
My ears had heard of You but now my eyes have seen You. Job 42:5
“You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.”
― Christopher Columbus
His name means “Christ Bearer” and if we walk in the light as He is in the light we have fellowship with one another and the blood of Jesus cleanses us from all unrighteousness. But if we turn away from Him, darkness lurks seeking to swallow up the life of God within even as the raging sea threatened to overwhelm the vessel that sought to cross over Jordan to the region of Decapolis with Jesus and his disciples aboard.
“One of the most striking aspects of the life of Christopher Columbus was his self-awareness as a man of destiny. He viewed himself as the chosen and appointed messenger of God…” (West and Kling, Libro de las Profecias, 8)
Another fateful journey. The wind and waves violently beating the boat and oppression badgering the minds and hearts of His disciples yet Jesus slept. When he awoke he rebuked the winds and waves with just the words, “Peace, be still” and it was. Then he had just one question for his disciples, “where is your faith?” Many of these were experienced sailors yet they had never seen the likes of this…even the wind and waves obeyed His voice.
Success is a journey, not a destination. The trials, tribulations and storms of life are proving our faith in God. They are strengthening and hardening us to go through with God. Heading up to Jerusalem to face the cross, Jesus set his face “like flint.” This is faith, knowing that the Lord is with us and nothing is impossible with Him.
The LORD promised Israel through His servant, Moses in Deuteronomy 11:24, that “Every place whereon the soles of your feet shall tread shall be yours: from the wilderness and Lebanon, from the river, the river Euphrates, even unto the uttermost sea shall your coast be.”
As soon as Jesus’ feet touched the opposite shore, there met him a man filled with the equivalent of a Roman legion of demons. A full strength legion was officially made up of 6,000 men, but typically all legions were organized at under strength and generally consisted of approximately 5,300 fighting men including officers. It is difficult to determine whether non-combatants like field surgeons and clerks were included in the 5,300 or helped bring the total number of men up to the official 6,000. Legion comes from the Latin “legere” — “to choose” – normally indicating the basic ancient Roman army unit recruited specifically from Roman citizens. The organization of legions varied greatly over time but they were typically composed of perhaps 6,000 soldiers, divided into maniples and later into “cohorts”. Maniples/Cohorts were divided into “centuries”.
In reference to the early Kingdom of Rome (as opposed to the republic or empire) “the legion” means the entire Roman army.
This is an army of choice seasoned warriors of sufficient numbers to squelch any uprising. Yet they all resided within one man who wandered homeless seeking refuge in the tombs. This one man full of vast numbers of organized demons was living in disorder and distress yet he saw Jesus approach from afar off! The storm was preparing the hearts of the disciples to know that whatever betides you, God is with you wherever He sends you preparing the way. The man came and worshipped the Lord Jesus and was delivered of that great demonic horde. This is the reason we are saved and delivered – to preach the good news that God saves – that He sent His Son Jesus to heal and deliver us from the curse of sin and death.
The demonic turned peaceful messenger! Isaiah 52:7, “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that brings good tidings, that publishes peace; that brings good tidings of good, that publishes salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigns!”
Mark 5:20, “And he departed, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel.”
When we draw near to God, with a sincere heart, in prayer… all the storms that agitate the soul are calmed to great tranquility
Lord, I draw near to You with a sincere heart today. Thank You for giving Yourself as a ransom for my sin… may my life bring You glory. Amen
“No one should fear to undertake any task in the name of our Savior, if it is just and if the intention is purely for His holy service.”
Lord, there are times when I am tempted to abandon my dream. Help me through those times, O Lord. Help me be more patient, so that I may see he impossible become possible with You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Matthew 10:30-33, “But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows. Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.”